Effective Standing Arms and Abs Workouts That You Need to Incorporate Into Your Routine, Courtesy of Katie Austin

A versatile workout from the fitness instructor perfect for this busy holiday season.
Katie Austin poses in a white halter neck dress and smiles for the camera.

Katie Austin.

Just because you don’t have as much time to dedicate to your typical exercise routine this holiday season doesn’t mean you have to let go of strength work entirely. With the help of Katie Austin’s fantastic and effective at-home workouts, you can get a little bit of strength in with nothing more than a few dumbbells.

Her latest standing arms and abs workout is just as versatile as the rest of her routines—and just as much of a burner, too. The five move set is guaranteed to get results, and could be a great routine to incorporate during the holidays.

In a recent Instagram post, Austin recommended performing each of the following moves for 30 seconds and repeating the set three times.

1. Front raise

Standing on the mat with a slight bend in your knees, hold the end of a dumbbell in each hand. Lift the weight up to shoulder height, then slowly bring it back down to rest in front of your legs, controlling it all the way down.

2. Lawn mower row

Stand with your legs spread wide on the mat. With your left hand on your left hip and holding a dumbbell in your right hand, reach the weight down toward your left knee and lean your weight into your left leg. Pull the weight across your body, above your right shoulder and extend it overhead, coming up onto the ball of your left foot. Repeat on the other side.

3. Standing march

Stand on the mat. Holding the ends of a dumbbell in each hand, extend your arms up overhead. With your arms lifted, alternately march your feet, lifting one knee up to a 90 degree angle, then replacing it on the ground and repeating on the other side.

4. Around the worlds

Stand with your legs wide on the mat. Hold a dumbbell between both hands and bring it to rest in front of one hip. Swing it up across your body, around the back of your head and back down toward your other hip.

5. Side dips

Stand on the mat with your feet hip width apart. Hold one dumbbell by your side and lower the weight down toward your feet. Stand back up. Repeat on the other side.

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.